Brain Injury Awareness Week

Brain Injury Awareness week is on this week 15th – 21st August and is focused on bringing light to ‘young stroke’.

In Australia there is approximately 60,000 new strokes every year. Stroke is typically seen to occur in older adults however statistics show one in every five strokes happens to a person aged under 55.

Stroke can have a significant impact on the life of the individual, effecting daily skills that we take for granted like walking or saying ‘good morning’. Sometimes there are symptoms of stroke that go unnoticed like, recalling day to day information, frequency of mood changes, and sleep disturbances.

We have years of experience working with clients who have suffered a stroke and find communication, mobility and or cognitive tasks difficult. Using thorough assessments and detailed program development we address specific rehabilitation and recovery goals through the use of music. Specialising in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of how music is used to address specific needs. Through expert clinical knowledge and experience our clinicians provide evidence-based treatment processes and procedures aligning with the National Stroke Guidelines.

We provide individual and group based therapy programs. If you are interested in knowing more about how we can support your stroke recovery please contact us.

Music for Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Autism


This is the lead article in the November edition of the South City Bulletin featuring an interview with me.

The article discusses some of the benefits of music for our health and well- being from birth to older adults. Music is a very important part of many peoples everyday lives and at Bethany Best & Associates we use music every day to meet and address the needs and non-musical goals of people who have a neurological condition such as Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and Autism.

Music has an amazing impact and effect on our bodies and brains and can assist in the rebuilding, reshaping and re-connection of pathways that may be damaged due to a neurological event or condition. If you want more information about the impact and benefits of music or how we might assist you, please contact us.

Music trumps reading for childhood development

New research just released from University of Queensland demonstrates the benefits of engaging your children in music and the longer term impact on literacy, numeracy, social skills, and attention and emotion regulation by the age of five.


I encourage you to read their article on The Conversation website – Jamming with your toddler: how music trumps reading for childhood development.

It’s very exciting more and more research is demonstrating the use of music in childhood development and wonderful to think what this means for the future of our children.

Music Therapy and Stroke Recovery

Music is a great tool that when it is used effectively and strategically can assist in the recovery of people who have had a stroke. There is more research emerging that demonstrates the benefits of involving music therapy to improve communication, psychosocial, cognitive and physical function within stroke recovery/rehabilitation programs.

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Christmas, Stress, Music

Yes Christmas is just around the corner! The season for a plethora of decorations, inundation of Christmas songs everywhere and the hawds of people flocking to the shops is upon us. But don’t let the stress of finishing the school year, finishing work, getting Christmas organised, getting presents and so on get to you.

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How music therapy helps people recover from stroke

Last weekend October 12-13, there was a big, front page story in The Weekend Australian Magazine called ‘The Sound of Music’.

The article explained music therapy’s use and application within a stroke population. There were some very touching stories of people who have suffered and stroke and how music has helped them to express their emotions and overcome their initial grief, trauma and sense of loss.

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Tune in for Best health

copyright 2016 North Lakes Times – Bernie Dowling

Brain Injury Awareness Week

Brain Injury Awareness week is on this week 15th – 21st August and is focused on bringing light to ‘young stroke’. …